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Benefits of Using Mouthwash

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Office
Benefits of Using MouthwashYour oral care comprises three basic components, brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash. A mouthwash is a liquid solution that freshens your breath and boosts your oral health and hygiene. It is not a substitute for regular brushing or flossing but rather an extension of your oral hygiene routine.

There are many different types of mouthwashes. Each is formulated for a specific purpose. For example, fluoride mouthwashes or rinses protect the teeth and gums against acid-producing bacteria and help prevent tooth decay. In case of a fungal infection or gum diseases like gingivitis, your dentist might recommend using an alcohol-based mouthwash.

Aftercare for Tooth Extraction

Alcohol-based mouthwashes are effective in healing the surgical site. Dentists prescribe alcohol-based mouthwashes to their patients as aftercare for tooth extraction for quick recovery. It is especially helpful for preventing infections that may result from open wounds post-surgery.

Mouthwashes are also helpful for curing sores and inflammation that are the result of injuries sustained during the surgery. Your dentist may suggest that you use mouthwash instead of brushing your teeth to ensure that open wounds get time to heal properly.

Prevents Tooth Decay

Mouthwashes are an effective method of thoroughly cleaning your mouth. The antiseptics in the mouthwash kill the acid-producing bacteria that rest on our teeth and gums. The build-up of these bacteria causes plaque, and when the plaque is left to sit on the gum lines and teeth for a long duration, it hardens to form tartar. The slow deposition of tartar can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Therefore, a good mouthwash can prevent your teeth from decaying.

Prevents Bacterial Growth and Infections

Mouthwashes are an effective solution for preventing bacterial growth in the mouth. These bacteria cause infections and diseases such as periodontitis, gingivitis, and mouth ulcers. These disease-causing bacteria in the mouth are especially harmful for pregnant women. The bacteria can enter the woman's bloodstream through the mouth and harm the unborn child. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash at least once a day kills these bacteria and protects you from infections and diseases.

Helps Treat Canker Sores

Canker sores are small mouth ulcers or blisters that are mostly caused by bacteria or viruses. The antiseptics, anti-inflammatory, and natural properties (made with essential oils) of a mouthwash help treat canker sores and relieve the pain by giving the mouth a cool, soothing effect.

To find out which mouthwash is best for your oral hygiene routine, visit Reich Dental Center to speak to professionals who can suggest the right mouthwash for you.

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